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Forum topic by Wayland posted 04-05-2016 08:56 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2016 08:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: compressed pine

I have a stack of common pine. It’s a very soft wood and mostly warped. I would like to use it for projects that need a harder wood. I was wondering if anyone has tried to compress pine using steam, or putting it in a hot solution of wood hardener, and compressing it in a hydraulic press until dry. if this is possible, it would make another use for these fast growing trees.

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#1 posted 04-05-2016 09:13 PM

If you want hard wood, buy hardwood. Sounds like you have a nice pile of kindling.

Its called chip or flake board. Compressed scrap.


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#2 posted 04-06-2016 12:58 AM

I was not thinking of chip board. Pine is probably the most renewable lumber resource we have. If pine could be compressed (standard lumber not a glued up composite) then there may be a good market for it having many applications. It not so much that I wanted hardwood. I like working with pine. It’s a beautiful wood, but it does dent easily. I was looking for a way to process it to minimize its limitations. probably not traditional woodworking thinking.

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 01:33 AM

In theory it should work to make it denser. The lignins in wood get plastic when heated. I can’t imagine what kind of press would you need to heat compress a whole board. Seems impractical for the average home shop wood worker.

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#4 posted 04-06-2016 01:48 AM

This is being done now and is available on the market now. Many sites online that talks about it.

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 02:07 AM

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#6 posted 04-06-2016 02:15 AM

I did a search but could not find anything. What’s it called? Can you send a link?

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#7 posted 04-06-2016 02:16 AM

Sorry, I didn’t see the link. Thank You!

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